The DC Universe streaming service has been up for more than a month, and despite some issues that are to expected with an initial launch of this magnitude, it’s been quite an impressive and promising start. Some may be disappointed by the rotating catalogue of comic storylines that are available for a limited time, but in that regard it’s definitely ideal for uninitiated readers looking to dive into classic comic stories for the first time.
To the surprise of few given the month, now available on DC Universe is Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale’s seminal 13-issue miniseries Batman: The Long Halloween. Whether it’s their Marvel “Color” books or any of their various DC collaborations, the Loeb/Sale creative team always manage to bring the magic delving into the early days of superhero escapades and Long Halloween is no exception. Set in the early days of Batman’s crime fighting career, Long Halloween finds the Caped Crusader trying to track down the mysterious Holiday killer plaguing Gotham City’s notorious crime families, while encountering his various color and iconic rogues. The influence on Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy is unmistakable so it’s the perfect gateway comic for those looking to get into reading Batman but only the character primarily through other media. And if it’s been awhile since you last read it, great opportunity for a reread if you have DC Universe.
No matter which season is your favorite, there’s no denying that autumn is a special time of year. And no month is more magical than October. Yes, it’s Halloween time once more, and to celebrate, DC Universe is offering the mother of all Halloween comic books — Batman: The Long Halloween!
Not only is writer Jeph Loeb and artist Tim Sale’s 13-issue epic arguably the crowning achievement of this classic Batman creative team, but it’s one of the key inspirations for director Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. See for yourself when The Long Halloween arrives on DC Universe on October 23rd, just in time for Halloween!